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1st Singapore Biennale
4 September - 12 November 2006

Symposium: The Biennale Complex

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Biennale of Sydney
International Festival of Contemporary Art, Australia





Art Gallery of New South Wales


Museum of Contemporary Art


The Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s largest and most exciting visual arts event. Renowned for showcasing the freshest and most innovative contemporary art from around the world the festival is held in Sydney’s leading museums and galleries, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and features outdoor exhibition trails along Sydney’s glorious harbour foreshore. Exciting new projects will be created for specific public sites and outdoor locations and an international program of performances, public talks, symposia and workshops will be held over the duration of the Biennale.

In the 31 years from 1973 to 2004, the Biennale of Sydney has presented 14 critically acclaimed, popular and large-scale exhibitions - bringing the work of over 1200 artists from more than 60 countries to Australia. The Biennale of Sydney’s history is one of "firsts" in promoting cultural exchange, championing freedom of speech and expression and challenging the status quo in Australia. The Biennale was among the first to celebrate Australia’s cultural and ethnic diversity (1976 & 1979); the first to show indigenous art in an international contemporary art context (1979); the first to focus on Asia and the contemporary art of our region (1973 & 1976); and being among the first to present to wide audiences the art of the social change movements which transformed Australian society (1979, 1982 & 1984).

(Press information of the organizer)

The 15 th Biennale of Sydney was organized around the conceptual framework "Zones of Contact" and held from 8 June - 27 August 2006.
Artistic director and curator:Charles Merewether.



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Symposium: The Biennale Complex